It has been a succession of lovely, sunny days in London lately and to celebrate I went on a lil day trip with my friend Becky. I read about this particular lavender farm in Time Out so we decided to venture out and explore it! Mayfield Lavender Farm is situated just outside of Croydon and if you don’t have a car it is quite a commitment to travel there via public transport. We did it and the whole journey (underground to train to bus) took about two and a half hours one way. Was it worth the hassle? I’d say yes! The journey itself is long but goes fast if you’re chatting/people watching. It’s nice getting out of the cosmopolitan city and the countryside was gorgeous on this certain day.
The lavender farm itself is very expansive and overwhelming as you first arrive. It costs £1 to get in and as you turn the corner you just see a vast sea of purple wiggling in the wind. You’re free to roam up and down the aisles and there were a mix of couples, families, kids etc. I’d recommend wandering to the back as the clumps of people thins out and you can get some really lovely undisturbed photos. The smell is insane (as long as you like lavender) and lots of people (including us) were just sitting amongst it reading/relaxing. I love plants, nature and flowers o was really in my element here. You will see a lot of bees but they’re very friendly and just doing their own thing amongst the flowers. You aren’t allowed to bring food in but on site there is a cafe which has an abundance of lavender flavoured treats like cakes, ciders etc. I had a cheese sandwich and then opted for a lavender lemon cupcake and some lavender punch – all yummy yummy. If you don’t get your scent fix there is a store with soaps, perfumes, plants etc.
I wouldn’t say you can spend a whole day there (in total eating/hanging out we were there about two hours) but I’d still say it’s worth a visit. The pure beauty of the place and general ethos really calms you down and a lot of my stresses were temporarily halted.